Category Archives: AoLE Cross-Curricular Numeracy

Messy Monday

This week, we have been reading the story ‘Charlie’s Superhero Underpants’. Charlie’s underpants go missing and a yeti finds them. The children used the outdoors to create their very own Yetis. Their creations were amazing and all so original.
We then decided to go on a leaf hunt and try and find out which trees are near our outdoor area. It was surprising how many different types of leaves we found. The children have also continued their learning by bringing in leaves they have found outside of school and using the charts to find out which tree they come from. Ardderchog Blwyddyn 1!
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The Mummified Tomatoes

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After being covered in salt for the last two weeks the children were able to free their tomatoes this afternoon in order to make their observations. It was fascinating to see what the salt had done to the tomatoes and some of the weight differences recorded were amazing – one of the tomatoes pre mummification weight was 86g and this had dropped down to 36g after being left in the salt for two weeks. The tomatoes had shrunk and the skin had gone crinkly. The children drew and recorded their observations before mummifying their tomatoes further by wrapping them in bandages! Year 3 are now professional embalmers, da iawn!!

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Marshmallow Maths

After our 3D shape hunt on Monday, we decided that the best way to further develop our knowledge and understanding of 3D shapes would be to make some 3D shapes of our own. However, the children weren’t expecting to be making 3D shapes out of marshmallows and cocktail sticks! They had a fantastic time creating all sorts of shapes – cuboids, triangular prisms, square based pyramids and that’s just to name a few! During this activity, the children learnt about the properties of 3D shapes and can now confidently talk about them using the terms vertices and edges. Well done boys and girls, it was lovely to see you all having so much fun (especially when you were allowed to eat your marshmallows at the end).

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We’re Going on a Shape Hunt!

We really enjoyed our Maths session on Monday. We began by going on a 3D shape hunt around the school grounds. We found so many different shapes in the environment. The most popular shapes we found were cylinders and cuboids and the least popular shape we found was a cone. When we got back to class, we discussed and compared our findings with a friend and recorded our observations in a table. Well done year 3!

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Today’s star bakers are …

…Year 3! Today, we learnt all about the Ancient Egyptians diet. Did you know that they had a very healthy diet? They ate plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, like leeks, beans, onions, grapes, dates, figs and pomegranates. There was also a lot of fish too from the River Nile. Yet the main part of every diet, no matter how rich or poor you were, was bread. So, we decided to make our own Egyptian bread … with a twist! The children were given a traditional recipe to follow but were able to add a special ingredient to modernise it … the chocolate drops went down very well! We all had so much fun and developed so many important literacy and numeracy skills along the way. Well done boys and girls, I hope you enjoyed eating your creations.

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Spiderman skills!

During our handwriting session, we did lots of activities to help develop our fine and gross motor skills.
Overnight, Spiderman had been into our classroom and put a huge web over our tuff tray. We had to use our skills to carefully remove the spiders using tweezers, without touching the web! We also managed to use our numeracy skills to count how many spiders were hiding!
The spiders had also been busy outside and had left a silky trail. The children managed to follow the trail, mark-making as they went.
Well done Year 1- you all had super ‘spidey’ powers this week!
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Year 2s Bioblitz Session

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Today the year 2 children had a fantastic morning working outside with Sarah from the RSPB doing a Bioblitz. The children pulled on their wellies and went into the nature reserve to hunt for different animals in the environment. We found lots of creatures, including woodlice, worms, land hoppers and even newts! We recorded our results using tallying, developing our numeracy skills. Diolch to Sarah for a fantastic, interesting and fun-filled morning.

We’re Going on a Tree Hunt!

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Today, the Year 2 children were set a challenge, as part of their topic ‘Glitter and Glow’. The children were asked to investigate which is he most popular type of tree in Pontlliw Park. We began by learning about different trees, and ways to tell the differences between them. We decided how we could collect our data, and then pulled on our wellies and headed down to Pontlliw Park. The children showed lots of enjoyment and enthusiasm, and worked incredibly well when collecting their data, and used their leaf charts well. We then headed back to school and talked about our findings. We also enjoyed reading about why leaves change colour in the Autumn. The children are now keen to use their ICT skills to create bar charts on Hwb showing their data.
Da Iawn, Year 2! Super outdoor learning, using lots of skills whilst having great fun!

Pontlliw Bake Off.

Well… What an exciting day! This morning the children set up their business, thinking of a name for their company, a design for their cake, catchy slogans and looked at costing.
They then researched the ingredients, amounts in grams and converted to ounces and worked through the method whilst looking at oven temperature and cooking times.
This afternoon it was time for the bake off. The hall had a buzz of business and competition of weighing and measuring to the exact gram.
Once the cakes were in the oven we had 20 minutes to tidy up and even managed to fit in a quick Zumba session – burning calories to eat calories.
Mrs Norman then judged each cake on appearance, texture and taste.
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An Orienteering Outing.

This afternoon, linked to our topic, year 4/5 learnt how to hide clues around the school yard and orienteered their way to find the hidden clues related to parts of the body. They hunted for letters that spelt out organs from the body and also searched for hidden children using their maps and the newly learnt skills linked to coordinates.

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